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NY downtown electronic artist and vocalist Chuck Bettis in a mostly-studio release of experimental works with artists Ikue Mori, DJ Toshio Kajiwara, Audrey Chen, Tim Barnes, &c. &c.

Bettis, Chuck & Friends
Community Of Commotion

Bettis, Chuck & Friends: Community Of Commotion (North East Indie)
Label: North East Indie    
Released in: USA    

"Chuck is a member of the downtown network, having worked with Ikue Mori and done a few of Zorn's monthly improv nights at The Stone. This is mostly a studio recording, with three lives pieces (two recorded at Tonic). The majority of musicians here play electronics/synth, vocals or the odd percussion instrument. Colleen Kinsella does some charming sung/spoken vocals on "Playful Moaner" with subtle electronics swirling around her voice. "Mood Orifice" features a fascinating trio with Chuck, Ikue Mori and DJ Toshio on laptops, electronics and/or turntables. All tracks are either duos or trios with Chuck on laptop and his own weird vocals on three tracks. You got to love a title called, "Deathmetal Dancehall", where Chuck does some twisted (manipulated) screaming over some great drum machine beats. On "Atheist Revolt", Chuck takes some drum n' bass grooves and high speed metal guitar and turns them inside out. On each piece the main instrument is improvised laptop and on each piece Chuck explores a different sonic approach. Hence, each piece is interesting in different ways, nothing is too dense or cluttered. Let's welcome Chuck Bettis to the ever-evolving downtown scene and pat him on the back for a fine new disc."-Bruce Gallanter

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Product Information:

Label: North East Indie
Catalog ID: 36
Squidco Product Code: 15542

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2004
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded at Studio Larry between November 2003 and May 2004, Brooklyn, NY. Except track 2 recorded live direct to minidisc during "Phonomena" at Tonic on August 7th, 2003. Track 7 recorded live at Roy's Loft, Brooklyn, NY on May 29th, 2004. Track 9 recorded live during "Phonomena" at Tonic on June 3rd, 2004 in NY, NY.


Chuck Bettis-electronics, throat

Ikue Mori-electronics

Toshio Kajiwara-turntables

Audrey Chen-cello

Tom Boram-synth, electronics

Chriss Sutherland-vocals, flute, hand-drums

Aaron Brenner-synth

Melissa Ip-poetry

Colleen Kinsella-vocals

Caleb Mulkerin-zither, xlyopone, wine bottle

Jerry Lim-beats, synth

Mick Barr-guitar

Tim Barnes-percussion

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Track Listing:

1. Playful Moaner 5:14

2. Mood Orifice 4:38

3. Bleeding Orphan 2:22

4. Deathmetal Dancehall 4:42

5. Atheist Revolt 1:50

6. Angry Rainbow 2:31

7. Holographic Universe 6:51

8. Doumbek Chanter 1:52

9. Sleep Terets 3:53

10. Motion Narcolepsy 3:40

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